A report from the Humanitarian Policy group on the current challenges in Syria.
one of the most complicated current day challenges to health & humanitarian response
access & neutrality
“International agencies have endeavoured to provide medical supplies and equipment to public and private health services to facilitate the treatment of the wounded as well as other health needs. However, along with access to food, health services remain seriously inadequate in the context of escalated fighting and Government repression.”
“In a related point, representatives of international NGOs warned against making assumptions about the role of health professionals in the conflict. Despite reports of government persecution of medical staff, sources suggest that some doctors are actively participating in repression. Conversely, any solidarity with doctors supporting the opposition movement was seen to be problematic because of the political position such a stance entails. The neutrality of hospitals and other medical sites is brought into question in such an environment. ”